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Ossuary Update
The Storm over the Bone Box
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On June 18, 2003, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) held a news conference at which it announced its conclusion that two inscriptions that have recently surfaced on the antiquities market are forgeries—the ossuary inscribed “James, the son of Joseph, the brother of Jesus” and the so-called Jehoash (also spelled Yehoash) inscription describing repairs to the Temple by the Judahite king Jehoash in the ninth century B.C.E., as described in 2 Kings 12 and Chronicles 24.
Both inscriptions had been previously discussed in BAR.
The James ossuary inscription received its first publication in the November/December 2002 issue of BAR in an article …

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